Portland events August 2018. Things to do in Portland, Oregon.

Best events for 12 months

Portland events August 2018

Short film winners

August 1, 2018
4 miles NE
The 48 Hour Film Project gives teams 2 days to make short films. See the best results at Hollywood Theatre.

Indie roots music festival

August 2 - 5, 2018
17 miles SE
Pickathon offers a large lineup of diverse music (indie/roots, garage rock, folk, alternative country, bluegrass) on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, with food vendors and camping. It also promotes ecology and recycling. No pets.

Concerts in Albany

August 2 & 9, 2018 (7 p.m.)
70 miles south
Hear a different artist every week at River Rhythms, with food vendors, children’s crafts, and a beer garden at Monteith Riverpark. No pets. Free.

Crawfish festival

August 3 - 4, 2018
13 miles south
Tualatin Crawfish Festival has food, beer, wine, and music both days. Saturday it adds races, vendors, carnival games, eating contests, a kids’ zone, and fireworks at 10 p.m.

Festival near Bend

August 3 - 4, 2018
165 miles SE
Sisters Rhythm and Brews Festival promises “high-quality musicians” on two stages, plus local food and beverages in scenic Sisters.

Dancers in the moonlight

August 3 - 5 and 9 - 12, 2018
11.7 miles south
See an illuminated outdoor performance “full of traditional and invented aerial apparatus, athletic and technical dance movement, and acrobatics” with live music at Art in the Dark at Mary S. Young Park in West Linn.

Movies in the square

August 3 - 17, 2018 (Fridays)
0 miles
Flicks on the Bricks shows films at Pioneer Courthouse Square at dusk, preceded by music at 7 p.m. You are welcome to bring low-back chairs or pillows. Free.
  • Aug. 17 - Mean Girls (PG-13)

Iranian festival

August 4, 2018 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
0.7 miles south
Portland Iranian Festival has live music, dance, Iranian food, a fashion show, traditional arts and crafts, calligraphy, carpets, and books at PSU Park Blocks (1914 SW Park Avenue). Free.

Japanese festival

August 4, 2018
3.5 miles SE
Obonfest commemorates ancestors with Obon dance, lanterns, children’s booths, Japanese food, beer, and sake at Oregon Buddhist Temple. Free entry.

Fremont Fest

August 4, 2018
4.5 miles NE
Fremont Street is closed from 42nd to 50th for Fremont Fest, including a 10 a.m. parade of pets and kids on bikes, music stages, a kids’ zone, and 125 vendors. Free.

Folk rock & Americana

August 4, 2018 (8 p.m.)
4.7 miles NE
American folk rock band Delta Rae (If I Loved You) performs with husband & wife duo Carolina Story at Alberta Rose Theatre. Video (four minutes).

Evening run

August 4, 2018
5.2 miles south
Sunset on the Springwater is a family-friendly 10K and half marathon that begin and end at Sellwood Riverfront Park, including a post-race barbecue with food, live music, games, and a beverage garden.

Dress-up picnic

August 4, 2018 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
6 miles SE
Wear a costume (any era vintage or Disney or casual cosplay) and bring your own picnic to the Portland Posh Picnic hosted by Time Travelers Costume Guild near the river at Oaks Park. Free admission.

Cold coffee festival

August 4, 2018 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
9 miles north
Sample coffee and vote for your favorite, hear live music, and shop from food vendors at Cold Brew Fest in Esther Short Park, Vancouver, WA. Children younger than age 12 are free.

Music & food festival

August 4, 2018
20 miles east
Soulful Giving Blanket Concert has live music, gourmet food, Oregon wine & beer, and vendors on 15 acres of meadows & forest near the Sandy River for age 21+.

Hot Sauce Expo

August 4 - 5, 2018
1.2 miles SE
Portland Hot Sauce Expo has hot & spicy food vendors, craft beer, eating contests, and a Chihuahua beauty contest Sunday at 2 p.m. in OMSI bridge parking lot.

Oregon City run & brewfest

August 4 - 5, 2018
12.9 miles south
The Oregon Trail Game 5K is a scenic run through Oregon City with challenges along the way on Sunday. Oregon Trail Brewfest features beer from states along the Oregon Trail on both Saturday and Sunday.

Minerals festival

August 4 - 5, 2018
16 miles NW
Rice Northwest Museum Summer Festival includes educational games, gold panning, geode cutting, jewelry & fossil vendors, exhibits, live music, and food in Hillsboro.

Steam-engine festival

August 4 - 5, 2018
39 miles south
Watch a parade of vintage tractors, trucks, and automobiles at 1:30 p.m. each day; take train and trolley rides; see steam saw milling, tractor pulling, and machinery demos; and visit a blacksmith, country store, and flea market during Steam-Up in Brooks.

Green living fair

August 4 - 5, 2018
68 miles south
Learn about sustainable lifestyles, renewable energy, organic gardening, small-scale farming, and green construction at Mother Earth News Fair in Albany.

Lents Street Fair

August 5, 2018
7.3 miles SE
Lents Fair has live music, food, craft vendors, a kids’ area, a chicken beauty pageant, and the Belmont Goats in the SW corner of Lents Park, plus a walk on closed neighborhood streets. Free.

Vancouver Brewfest

August 10 - 11, 2018
9 miles north
Vancouver Brewfest has locally brewed beer, wine, cider, food, live music, and craft vendors at Esther Short Park for age 21+. Repeats in April.

Garlic festival

August 10 - 12, 2018
19 miles NW
Elephant Garlic Festival has garlic-flavored foods, arts & crafts, and live music in North Plains. No pets. Free.

Spiritual music festival

August 10 - 13, 2018
137 miles SW
Beloved Festival is an “open-air sacred art and music festival” with 53 music acts, an all-night Saturday dance, a vendor village, a yoga pavilion, and a sacred fire in Tidewater.

African festival

August 11, 2018 (12 to 8:30 p.m.)
0 miles
Celebrate Africans living in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States at the Pan African Festival with live music, dance, a fashion show, food, and health & wellness activities at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Glamorous party

August 11, 2018 (5 to 10 p.m.)
0.1 mile west
A ticket to A Gatsby Summer Evening includes a complimentary drink from the cash bar, ballroom dance performances, and live big-band music for dancing at Director Park. Dress code.

Fruity beer

August 11, 2018 (12 to 6 p.m.)
2.6 miles north
The first Portland Radler Festival promises 20 varieties of beer and cider mixed with fruit soda, live music, street tents, and food specials at StormBreaker Brewing.

Alberta Street Fair

August 11, 2018
4 miles NE
Alberta Street Fair focuses on local products, artists, crafts, and foods. It includes an 11 a.m. kids’ parade, a kids’ corner, two beer gardens, and three stages of entertainment on on NE Alberta Street (from NE 10th to 30th Avenues). Donation.

Night market in Beaverton

August 11, 2018 (5 to 10 p.m.)
8.2 miles SW
Beaverton Night Market promises a family-friendly event with 55 vendors of ethnic food and crafts, plus performers from around the world at The Round. Free.

Doll and teddy bear show

August 11, 2018
11 miles SE
Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show at Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. Repeats in Jan.

Polo party

August 11, 2018 (12 to 7 p.m.)
15.2 miles south
Polo Noir is all about the horses, the players, live indie-folk music, Willamette Valley wine, and food (both for sale) at Hidden Creek Polo Club in West Linn for age 21+. Schedule & frequently asked questions.

Car & motorcycle show

August 11, 2018 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
16 miles west
Check out 350 show cars, trucks, motorcycles, and military vehicles at Salute To Veterans Car & Motorcycle Show, with bands and food vendors at Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro. Free.

Fossil festival

August 11, 2018
16 miles NW
Learn about fossils at Northwest Fossil Fest, which features lectures, displays, kids’ activities, and entry to Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals. Free.

Miniature air show

August 11 - 12, 2018 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
27.2 miles west
Watch drones, aerobatic planes, helicopters, warbirds, and even jets perform at the Radio-Controlled (RC) Air Show, with a kids’ candy drop in Forest Grove.

Bike or walk the bridges

August 12, 2018
Portland locations
Bridge Pedal is a 5-mile walk or a 3 to 18 mile ride with stunning views from atop Portland bridges. Rides. Register early, and bring a helmet. No dogs or skates.

India Festival

August 12, 2018
0 miles
Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of India at India Festival, with performances, food, and vendors in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free entry.

Beatles celebration

August 15 - 16, 2018 (9 p.m.)
4.7 miles NE
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band features The Nowhere Band playing the entire Sgt. Pepper album plus other songs of the era, with live visuals by JumpWire at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Country music festival

August 16 - 19, 2018
90 miles south
Willamette Country Music Festival features big-name country music singers in the open air in Brownsville.

Cocktails at the market

August 17, 2018 (4 to 7:30 p.m.)
0.6 miles NE
Unwind has cocktails, wine, beer, food, and music at Skidmore Fountain for age 21+. Free admission.

Hillsboro farm dinner

August 17, 2018 (5:30 to 9 p.m.)
24 miles SW
The $95 Farm Fresh dinner features locally grown food, wine, and live music in Hillsboro for age 21+.

Tasting in Salem

August 17, 2018
46 miles south
Pairings offers fine food, wine, micro-brews, spirits, and music in the gardens of the Salem fairgrounds. Includes admission to the fair.

Homeowners’ show

August 17 - 19, 2018
1.5 miles NE
Meet vendors of home products and services, see exhibits, and drink beer at Portland Renovation and Landscaping Show in Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Barbecue and tractor pull

August 17 - 19, 2018
27 miles NW
Banks Bar-B-Que Truck and Tractor Pull has tractor & truck pulls, BBQ sandwiches, a beer garden, a parade (Sunday at 11 a.m.), and a combine demolition derby in Banks. No pets.

Adult soapbox derby

August 18, 2018
5 miles east
Watch adults in bizarre gravity-powered vehicles race downhill at Mt. Tabor City Park to win awards at the annual PDX Adult Soap Box Derby. No dogs. Free.

Bigfoot festival

August 18, 2018
17.3 miles east
Oregon Bigfoot Festival promises Bigfoot exhibits, special presentations, guest speakers, food carts, merchandise vendors, and carnival-style games at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale. No pets. Donation.

Farm festival

August 18, 2018
21 miles north
The Heirloom Tomato and Garlic Festival has live bluegrass music, tomato and garlic tasting, fruits and vegetables for sale, craft and art vendors, and kids’ activities at Northwest Organic Farms in Ridgefield, WA. Free.

Air and vehicle show

August 18, 2018
23 miles NW
See airplanes, cars, motorcycles, and military vehicles at Wings & Wheels, which includes a half marathon, a street dance, music, food vendors, a beer garden, and kids’ activities at Scappoose Industrial Airpark.

Wine tasting in Forest Grove

August 18, 2018 (4 to 9 p.m.)
27 miles west
Forest Grove UnCorked features local wineries, artisan distilleries, micro-breweries, fine arts, and live music on Main Street in Forest Grove for age 21+.

Distillery tasting

August 18 - 19, 2018
0.7 miles NE
Meet the makers of locally crafted spirits and buy cocktails or bottles at Summer Spirits Fest in Ankeny Plaza (2 SW Naito Parkway) for age 21+. Free admission.

Bike and beer fest

August 18 - 19, 2018
7.8 miles NW
Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show features builders of bike frames & parts, bike films & photos, brewers, food vendors, and live music at Cathedral Park Place.

Car & boat show

August 18 - 19, 2018
8 miles south
Collector Car & Classic Boat Show is spread over three locations in Lake Oswego. Saturday has boats, Sunday has boats and cars. Free.

Wine tasting

August 19, 2018 (3 p.m., VIP 1 p.m.)
6.3 miles SW
Multnomah Village Vine & Dine promises “25 superb NW wine and food stars” offering wine tastings paired with sweet and savory bites in the lower parking lot at Multnomah Village.

People in the street

August 19, 2018
Located 8.1 miles east
Walk, bike, or roller-skate on 6.4 miles of streets during Outer Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways when most cars are banned. Nearby parks offer activities and music. Free.

Evenings at the zoo

August 21, 2018 (4 to 8 p.m.)
3 miles west
Admission to Oregon Zoo is only $5 after 4 p.m. on Twilight Tuesday, with live music, games, family activities, food carts, beer, and wine beginning 5 p.m.

Discussion: women in science

August 21, 2018 (7 p.m.)
4.7 miles NE
Hear about forgotten contributions women have made to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics described by an assistant professor at Science On Tap, with a full bar and snacks available at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Concerts in the square

August 21 - 28, 2018 (Tuesdays 12 to 1 p.m.)
0 miles
Hear concerts at the popular Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Concerts in Newberg

August 21 - 28, 2018 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
25.7 miles SW
Family-friendly Tunes on Tuesday presents a different band each week and has food and wine vendors outside Chehalem Cultural Center. Bring chairs. Free.

Concerts on Main Street

August 22 - Sept. 5, 2018 (Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m.)
0.2 mile SW
Hear local musicians play a wide variety of music at Music on Main next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (on SW Main Street from Broadway to Park Ave.). Video (1 minute). Free.

Concerts in the Park

August 22 - Sept. 7, 2018 (6:30 p.m.)
Portland parks
Bring a blanket or chairs to hear music ranging from “classical to country, rock & roll to rhythm & blues” at Concerts in the Park. Free.

Italian festival

August 23 - 25, 2018
0 miles
Festa Italiana Portland offers live music, dancing, Italian food, a wine and beer garden, children’s activities, and vendors in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free entry.

Movies on a rooftop

August 23 & 30, 2018 (Thursdays)
0.5 miles NW
See films on the rooftop of Hotel deLuxe during Top Down: Rooftop Cinema, with local bands at 8 p.m., cocktails, beer, barbecue, and films at dusk. Since chairs are limited, you may bring a chair, pillow, or blanket, but you can’t bring pets, food, or drink.

Movies in the Park

August 23 - Sept. 7, 2018
Portland parks
Movies in the Park feature live performances by local musicians, free popcorn, and movies at dusk. Bring coats. Alcohol is OK, but no smoking. Free.

Thursday afternoon cruise

August 23 - Sept. 27, 2018 (Thursdays 3:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles east
Enjoy live music, river views, a cash bar, and bistro food for sale on Tribute Thursday Early Escape Cruise aboard Portland Spirit, departing from Waterfront Park at 1000 SW Naito Parkway.

Ticket deal $19

Relay to the Pacific Ocean

August 24 - 25, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
Located 7 or 62 miles SE
Hood to Coast Relay is a 198-mile relay of 12,000 runners from Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge. Portland to Coast Walk Relay is a 129-mile relay of 4,000 walkers from Portland. Both end at an ocean party.

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

August 24 - 26, 2018
9 miles north
Drink wine, listen to jazz, and shop from arts and crafts booths at Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA.

Small-town beer festival

August 24 - 26, 2018
24 miles SE
Sample beer, cider, and wine from 23 breweries at the Boring Beer Fest, with live music, games, food, entertainment, and a family day (Sunday) in Boring.

Fairy festival

August 24 - 26, 2018
25 miles NW
Billed as the world’s largest faerie festival, Faerieworlds has costumed faeries, entertainment, music, a food court, and 150 vendors of art, literature, and crafts at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains.

Ticket deal $20 to $55

Farm food festival

August 24 - 26, 2018
30 miles SW
Enjoy meals, tours, outings, and classes that feature local farms, chefs, and wineries during the highly acclaimed Bounty of Yamhill County.

Oregon State Fair

August 24 - Sept. 3, 2018
49 miles south
See farm animals and craft displays, eat fair food, drink local beer and wine, take carnival rides, and be entertained at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.

Deals & discounts

Zoo concerts

August 24 - Sept. 12, 2018
3 miles west
Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts feature world-class performers, and your ticket includes a same-day zoo pass. Lineup.

Brazilian festival

August 25, 2018 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
5 miles NE
Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day at the family-friendly Brazilian Day Festival with food vendors, live music, dancing, and art at Carioca Bowls. Free.

Dahlia Festival

August 25 - 27 and Sept. 1 - 3, 2018
26 miles south
View 400 floral arrangements of dahlias indoors, 30 acres of dahlias outdoors, and dahlia growing and arranging demonstrations at the Dahlia Festival at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby. Free.

Hawthorne Street Fair

August 26, 2018
2.5 miles east
Hawthorne Street Fair has vendors, family activities, beer gardens, and live music on the sidewalks of SE Hawthorne Boulevard (from 31st to 41st). Free.

Pirate festival

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2018
81 miles south
Tortuga Pirate Festival offers outrageous activities and games for adults in pirate attire at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon for age 21+.